Ryman North: Romford's Paul Martin has top-half aims ahead of Heybridge Swifts showdown
PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 March 2017
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Boro boss lauds work of his players and management team after keeping club in the division for another year
Romford manager Paul Martin has challenged his players to try and claim a top-half finish in the Ryman North table this season after virtually guaranteeing safety last weekend.
Boro came from behind to win 2-1 at struggling Wroxham and move up to 15th place ahead of hosting Heybridge Swifts tomorrow (Saturday).
After finishing outside the top half for the last two seasons, Romford are keen to sneak inside there before April 22.
“My target now is 12th and we still have Heybridge Swifts on Saturday and then Bury the following weekend,” said Martin.
“That is one team above us (Heybridge) and another in 11th place, so if we beat Bury then it closes the gap up even more.
“We are safe so we can enjoy the games a little bit, but I will still put pressure on the players to get us more wins and help us finish as high as we can.”
Swifts are still looking nervously over their shoulder as just six points separate them in 19th and the bottom three.
But Martin believes it will not be long before Jody Brown’s team are competing near the higher echelons of the table.
He added: “It is unbelievable when you look at Heybridge’s squad on paper and see where they are in the league. They are a very good side, but sometimes you don’t get the rub of the green or the results and you end up down the bottom.
“I don’t think they will be like that every year and Harlow are an example to them because they finished second bottom in 2013 and had 10 points deducted.
“They should have gone down, but got a reprieve and then they were in the play-offs for the next two seasons, before eventually getting promotion.”
With Romford now 15 points clear of the relegation zone and with only seven games left, Martin’s men should be able to play with more freedom.
Boro are almost certainly going to be in the Ryman North again next season following their 2-1 victory against the Yachtsmen in Norfolk.
It is another excellent achievement by Martin and his management team, but he was quick to share the praise.
He said: “Saturday’s game at Wroxham was a must-win to get past the 50-point mark and we have done that now.
“The management team can’t take all the credit for keeping this club up again because we have got to be grateful to all the players who have played for us.
“Even if they have only played on one occasion or made 400 appearances over the years, we appreciate it because it’s all for no money and they have kept us in this league every season.
“They deserve the credit as well as us because we have gone through a lot of players over the years and they have all come up trumps by keeping us in the Ryman North.”